New look for 2018 LS

A RADICAL redesign has afforded the 2018 Lexus LS model range a sweeping coupe style silhouette as part of a major overhaul of the model, which also gains a powerful new twin-turbo V6 engine and improved safety features, and yes, it’s rear wheel drive.

Set to go on sale in Australia in April next year, the new LS gets a 10-speed auto to drive its new 310kW power plant that puts out an astounding 600Nm of torque.

Built on an extended version of the GA-L platform that underpins the LC 500, the new model is longer and lower than the one it replaces and will offer flagship luxury for the Japanese brand.

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To be known as the LS 500, the new model will feature a number of firsts, including a unique six window design and flush surface windows, and a remodelled spindle grille that appears to change colour depending on the angle from which you view it.

The 2018 Lexus LS 500 will also debut a range of new 20-inch wheel designs, and all models come fitted with a moon roof.

As with all Lexus models there will be a Sports Luxury and F Sport (pictured) option, as well as hybrid models powered by a 3.5-litre V6 coupled to two electric motors.

The first ever LS F is rumoured to be in development as part of the model range.

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.


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